[ pim-plee ]
/ ˈpɪm pli /
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adjective, pim·pli·er, pim·pli·est.
having many pimples.
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Also pim·pled [pim-puhld]. /ˈpɪm pəld/.

Origin of pimply

First recorded in 1740–50; pimple + -y1


un·pim·pled, adjective
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What does pimply mean?

Pimply means covered with or having a lot of pimples, which are small inflammations or swellings of the skin that may or may not be filled with pus.

Pimples are caused by acne, a skin condition in which the skin’s sebaceous glands become clogged and inflamed. Pimples are most commonly found on the face, but they can appear on other areas of the skin, such as the neck and back. They are most common among teens and preteens due to changes in body chemistry during the period of development known as puberty, but adults can also get pimples.

Pimply is most commonly used to describe the face of someone with acne, but it can also be used to describe things that are bumpy in appearance. Using it to describe a person is usually very rude and insensitive, though some people may apply it to themselves, such as when they’ve had a breakout (the sudden appearance of several pimples).

The word pimpled can be used as a synonym of pimply.

Example: My skin has been really pimply since I started taking this new medication—it must be a side effect.

Where does pimply come from?

The first records of the word pimply come from around the 1740s. It comes from the Old English pipilian, “to break out in pimples,” from the Latin papula, meaning “pimple.” The suffix -y is used to form adjectives.

Everyone gets pimples at some point, but some people get them more than others. Pimply skin can be caused by a number of factors. Acne, which causes pimples, sometimes goes away on its own, but sometimes it calls for additional treatment by a dermatologist—a doctor who specializes in skin conditions.

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How is pimply used in real life?

Pimply is most commonly used to describe the face of someone with acne. It’s rude to describe someone as pimply unless it’s yourself.



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The surface of the wall became all pimply and puckered due to the water damage.

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